Active Cumbria

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About Active Cumbria

Our vision is that everyone in Cumbria is appropriately physically active as a part of their everyday life. We are one of 44 county sports partnerships (CSPs) covering England and are part of Cumbria County Council’s Public Health Service. Find out more about us.

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Furness Youth Council choose providers

Active Cumbria is a partner in the Cumbria Youth Alliance Emotional Resilience programme, ensuring that the benefits that sport or any form of physical activity can have on well being and vitality in individuals is recognised as a key component. It was also recognised as a key factor by the young people in the consultation Cumbria Youth Alliance carried out.

Following a tender, the Furness Youth Council were asked to look at the proposals and make a decision as to what was best fit for young people in the area - and we have a decision! The providers in Barrow for the emotional resilience programme (the bits relating to physical activity) are:

Spring Mount

Will deliver an activity programme forthe young people of Walney Island to include Sport, Cooking and emotionalresilience workshops to improve young people self-image, self-esteem and self-worthlooking at issues around bullying, budget management, self-harm and healthyrelationships.

Furness Academy

Will deliver a bespoke PHSE programme forall its year 9,10 and 11 pupils which includes Yoga and Strength andConditioning sessions and education around risk taking behaviour.


Picture: Furness Youth Council at the session in December making their vote.

Make a Swap & Win with Life Leisure

Change4Life is backWillyou make a swap when you next shop?

Cumbria County Council are supporting Change4Life in their latest drive toencourage families to 'make a swap when you next shop'. Just one or twoeveryday swaps can really make a difference to how much sugar your child isgetting, whilst still keeping them happy.

Simpleswap ideas

  • Swapping from a higher-sugar yoghurt (like a split-pot yoghurt) to a lower sugar yoghurt can halve the sugar your child gets from yoghurts whilst still keeping them happy.
  • Cut out 50 cubes of sugar by swapping from a higher-sugar box of cereal to a low-sugar cereal one.
  • Cut out over half the sugar your child is getting from drinks by swapping from a higher-sugar juice drink to a no added sugar drink.
Prizesto be won

We've been in touch with Life Leisure in Barrow who are giving prizes for the Swaps. To be in with a chance to win, simply shareyour swaps, healthy packed lunches, meal ideas and tips via @CumbriaCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with thehashtag #HealthySwapsCumbria Findout more

Table Tennis inclusivity and engagement fund

Table Tennis England are inviting organisations to apply for grants to get more people from minority or underrepresented groups to start playing table tennis. Up to £300 is available for projects with a focus on inclusivity and engagement, with the costs being able to be used for equipment, training or coaching courses, venue hire etc. See more information and apply here. If you’re applying for equipment, the grant can be used to purchase a Ping in the Community package.

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Deadline is the 16th January (It does say 2nd on their website, but this has been extended to community groups, thus new deadline)

Barrow AFC Bootbank

With recycling at an all-time high on theenvironmental agenda, Barrow AFC Community Sport's great football boot ideaticks all the boxes and saves money too.

Craig Rutherford the manager of Barrow AFCCommunity Sports came up with the idea which he hopes will help resolve manyissues where lack of finances can result in both children and adults not beingable to play their favourite sport.

Craig told us "We had a number of childrenbrand new to football, booking on our programmes with the possibility ofparents buying new boots for children then the children changing their mindsand not wishing to continue.

"My own nine year old son goes throughsupposedly scuff proof school shoes, boots and trainers for fun, meaning we areconstantly buying him new ones.

It got me thinking about school football andclub football, and children growing out of boots. Also some families maynot be able to afford new football boots every time their child outgrowsa pair.

"We hope that families will use the bootbank if they struggle to afford a new pair. We have a variety to choose fromincluding the latest state of the art boots. They can take a pair, use them,then when their child out grows them, and if they are still in good condition,they can bring them back and swap them for another pair.

We officially opened on Monday 26th of Novemberand the amount of donations we've had so far has been fantastic. Even the firstteam players have donated some boots. We hope this new idea benefits the localcommunity and allows both young and older people to play the sport they lovewithout having to worry about cost. At times sizes can be limited, soplease get in touch prior to coming to the club so we can communicateavailability more effectively"

Craig Rutherford can be contacted at thecommunity office: 01229 666011 Or via email:

Know your stats Barrow

Knowing the physical activity and sports statistics for Barrow can be the difference between winning that funding bid or not. Active Cumbria have a realm of data that can be used.


Almost 7,000 more people in Cumbria are doing 150 minutes of activity a week according to figures released by Sport England in the Active Lives 4 survey results.

According to the results of the survey, the biggest reduction in inactivity levels has been in Barrow where inactivity levels have fallen by 3.9%, this is a positive result, narrowing the gap, but the area still remains to have inactivity levels well above the national average, with 27% of the population of Barrow being inactive, compared to 25.2% of England.


We now have the results of the Active Lives Children & Young Peoples survey which shows that 44% of school aged children are active in Cumbria which means they are taking part in sport and physical activity on average for more than 60 minutes a day.In Barrow this figure drops to 39.4%

If you need statistical information for any funding bid please see

Ping in the Community Fund

Table Tennis England is inviting independent groups to embed social table tennis into their communities completely free-of-charge.

There are twenty Ping in the Community fully-funded packages available which include one full size indoor table, 10 bats, 72 balls and a range of printed resources designed to help advertise and activate the table. These fully-funded packages are aimed at local independent groups such as village halls and church groups who don’t have access to mainstream funding sources, and who would like to bring their communities together, get active and beat social isolation by introducing table tennis sessions into their venues.

See link for more information, or contact

Can you be a representative on the Mind Physical Activity Advisory Board

Mind are recruiting for a Physical Activity Advisory Group – help Mind use the power of lived experience to improve sport and physical activity provision

  • Do you want to help the sport and leisure sectors create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your CV?
All of Mind’s work, including sport and physical activity, is shaped and influenced by people with lived experience of mental health problems. This ensures they deliver appropriate and effective services that meets their needs.

Since 2014, Mind has delivered the successful Get Set to Go programme, which has been co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health problems.

In this next phase of the programme, the Physical Activity team at Mind want to bring together an advisory group of 12 people with lived experience to influence the Get Set to Go programme and Mind’s wider sport and physical activity work at a national level. Mind want to help leisure centres, sports clubs, gyms, and other sport and physical activity providers to create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems.

Below is a document to answer some of the key questions you may have about the Physical Activity Advisory Group. If you have any other questions then please email the Physical Activity team at or give them a call on 07557 150 172.

Question & Answer document. PDF

Project Rugby for People with Disabilities & BAME

England Rugby and Premiership Rugby have joined forces with Project Rugby, a grassroots project designed to increase participation in under-represented communities.

Project Rugby will specifically engage Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people, people from low socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people, aged 14-24 with rugby union.

An opportunity is available to roll this project out in communities within Cumbria, with support from Professional Rugby Team Newcastle Falcons who will provide professional level coaching, delivering an introduction to rugby whilst promoting regular exercise and healthy living.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please sign up here:

Fancy a walk in Barrow? 

How about joining Feet First Furness, they meet three times a week:

➡️ Wednesdays: meet at Action for Children Furness SureStart Children's Centres Café on Mill Lane Drive , Walney 10.30am - Walney Shoreline Walks down to Earnse Point then South along the shore to Sandy Gap and Biggar Bank.

➡️ Thursdays: Barrow Park walks – meet at the Life Leisure Barrow Park Foyer 10:30am

➡️ Fridays - meet at Age UK Barrow & District at Lakeland House, Abbey Road 11.00am - and have a variety of short walks around the town.

They're official Walking for Health walks, so at a gentle pace for people who haven't been as active recently (Starter group is on Friday, work up to Wednesday). Join the group on here too:

#BePartOfIt #ActiveBarrow

Are you interested in becoming a walk leader?

Are you enthusiastic about walking, love the outdoors, keen to support your local community and get others involved?Then why not join us and become a volunteer Health walk leader in partnership with Active Cumbria and Walking for Health.

Walk Leaders will be responsible for leading free, organised walks suitable for those new or returning to activity. Walks take place over easy ground, starting and finishing in a location familiar to your community. Health Walks encourage people to not only get active but stay active, through supporting people in your community to join in and ‘get up and out’.

Who can be a walk leader?All you need is a passion for walking, be a ‘people’ person i.e. good communication skills, friendly and welcoming, and keen to lead and support others to discover the wonders of walking.

No previous experience is needed as full training and ongoing support will be provided. So whether you’re an existing volunteer looking to develop new skills, work with a community group or organisation or simply love walking, we want to hear from you!

Apply Here